Map Monday: Duluth as the Center of Half the Country

The text reads “all points to the north and west of this line are nearer to Duluth than Chicago.”

Via Perfect Duluth Day, this is a funny map from a civic booster-era advertisement touting the centrality of Duluth in 1888. The cartographer drew a line separating the country into two geographic catchments, the Chicago half and the Duluth half of the USA.

Sort of a fun line to draw, in a way. I guess…

The rest of the advertisement is worth reading as well. For example, the cop claims that “no city in America is growing as fast today as is Duluth.” For the record, I am skeptical about the historical validity of that claim. The 1880s were a boom time for a great man American cities.

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One Response to Map Monday: Duluth as the Center of Half the Country

  1. Alex May 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

    I think its prediction of Duluth someday becoming “the Pittsburgh of the Northwest” was reasonably accurate. They are probably the two coolest & prettiest rust belt towns.

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